Title: What I Thought I Knew
Author: Alice Eve Cohen
Source: BookSparks PR
A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible.
At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she’s never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.
In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb – six months into a high-risk pregnancy. [via GoodReads]
When I first agreed to review this book I thought this would be a serious memoir about one woman's struggles with a pregancy and new baby in her mid-40's. And although it is that, it is also so much more.
Alice Eve Cohen's memoir is nothing short of inspirational. With a very brutally honest voice she tells you her story. And what a story it is! I literally read her book in one sitting.
Just when Alice Eve Cohen is happiest in life - she is with the man of her dreams, has a wonderful stepdaughter who she loves as her own and is financially stable - she finds out she's 6 months pregnant (at 44). Because of her age and her pre-natal neglect, her pregnancy is considered to be high risk Oh, and did I mention the problems with health insurance... yes, there's also that. Her doctor's tell her that her baby will most likely have some type of deformity and/or problem and that is if she's even able to carry it to full-term. She is also too far advanced in her pregnancy for a legal abortion. What is a woman to do?
I must commend Ms. Cohen for telling her story in such a light and witty voice - which more than once brought a smile to my face. She realistically captures the terror, the indecision, the agony, the worry, and the joy too. You don't have to be a mother or a wife or even female to appreciate this book. Highly recommended.
About the author:
Alice Eve Cohen is a solo theatre artist, playwright, and memoirist. Her memoir, What I Thought I Knew (Viking, 2009) won the Elle’s Lettres 2009 Grand Prix for Nonfiction. She has written for Nickelodeon, PBS, and CBS. Her plays have been presented at theatres throughout the country, and she has toured her solo theatre works internationally. Her writing about arts in education has been published in nine languages. The recipient of fellowships and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, she holds a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from The New School. She teaches at The New School in New York City.